The Old Days: KSI on YouTube

The Old Days is an online feature series looking back at YouTubers before their rise to fame and fortune began. We’ll be using the web archives to share screenshots of YouTube channels back when they were just starting to gather momentum.

It’s sometimes easy to forget that every famous YouTuber started with a channel that hardly anybody cared about.

With this in mind, I decided to use online tool Wayback Machine to travel back to a world where YouTube’s biggest stars were just beginning their journey, with only a handful of subscribers to call their own.

Today, we’re focusing on the rather *ahem* animated FIFA player KSIOlajidebt, otherwise known as KSI.

Right now, KSI is easily recognised as one of the juggernauts of the FIFA-playing community on YouTube. With a back catalogue of hundreds of videos, many of the gamers clips have gone viral and been picked up by news networks purely due to the content creator’s ridiculous, over-the-top reactions and raging rants.

KSI uploads a wide range of content to several channels, but we’ll be focusing on his main account, KSIOlajidebt.

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Above: KSI’s YouTube channel as it looked in 2011.

Using the web archives we were able to dig up some screenshots of KSI’s channel back in Summer 2011, and the findings were rather interesting.

On May 21st, 2011, KSI had around 6,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, which means the FIFA lover has gathered over 7 million subscribers in three years. Not bad at all!

The crazed YouTuber is a life-long Arsenal FC fan, but he won’t be too chuffed to learn that neither of the players featured in his 2011 YouTube background (Arshavin and Nasri) still play for the club. Ouch.

All those years ago, the featured video on KSI’s YouTube channel showed the football fiend looking ahead to the release of FIFA 12, speculating over which features game developers EA would be including in the title. Take a look at the video below:

KSI – Web Archive Screenshot stats

Date: 17th November, 2010

Subscribers: 6,320

Channel bio: ‘About Me: My name is JJ. Believe it or not, i’m actually British. I support Arsenal (frustrating as they can be sometimes). I make videos to please and to entertain. All in all, I’m a really nice guy (maybe too nice…) So yeah :)’

Channel Views: 47,941

Upload Views: 290,000

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Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

Co-editor at Tube Chum
British YouTuber, journalist and Arsenal fan. Co-editor, @TubeChum. YouTube: TomSpeaksWords. (New video every Sunday)
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